History Theatre / TheMikado

14th Feb '16 3:43:32 PM Angeldeb82
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: A couple of N-word references are generally now re-written in "I've got a little list" and "My object all sublime."

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* {{Bowdlerize}}: {{Bowdlerise}}: A couple of N-word references are generally now re-written in "I've got a little list" and "My object all sublime."



** Or, more likely, for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from AliceInWonderland ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could [[spoiler: heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.]]

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** Or, more likely, for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from AliceInWonderland ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could [[spoiler: heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.]]wish]].



* GallowsHumor: Plenty. As a main character is the Lord High Executioner, and much of the plot revolves around an execution, quite a bit of it is [[IncrediblyLamePun literal gallows humor]].

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* GallowsHumor: Plenty. As a main character is the Lord High Executioner, and much of the plot revolves around an execution, quite a bit of it is [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} literal gallows humor]].



* LawfulStupid: The Mikado agrees with Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti-Sing's explanation that the execution of his son Nanki-Poo was a complete accident, that nobody should have been expected to deduce his true identity through the disguise, and that they were, after all, carrying out the Mikado's orders that ''somebody'' be executed...but that the three of them should still be subjected to "something ''lingering'' with boiling oil in it" for the crime of murdering the Heir Apparent of Japan. He even regrets having to do so, stating that there is [[ForgotICouldChangeTheRules nothing that he could do about it.]]

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* LawfulStupid: The Mikado agrees with Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti-Sing's explanation that the execution of his son Nanki-Poo was a complete accident, that nobody should have been expected to deduce his true identity through the disguise, and that they were, after all, carrying out the Mikado's orders that ''somebody'' be executed...but that the three of them should still be subjected to "something ''lingering'' with boiling oil in it" for the crime of murdering the Heir Apparent of Japan. He even regrets having to do so, stating that there is [[ForgotICouldChangeTheRules nothing that he could do about it.]]it]].



** The list in "I've Got a Little List" isn't really that little. This is sometimes [[{{Parody}} parodied]] by having it reach the floor when unrolled.

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** The list in "I've Got a Little List" isn't really that little. This is sometimes [[{{Parody}} parodied]] {{parod|y}}ied by having it reach the floor when unrolled.



** Katisha sings a whole song about how awesome thunderstorms, tigers, earthquakes, and volcanos are.

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** Katisha sings a whole song about how awesome thunderstorms, tigers, earthquakes, and volcanos volcanoes are.



* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout Out to Shakespeare]]: Hamlet's reference to Claudius as a "king of shreds and patches" is borrowed:

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* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout Out Shout-Out to Shakespeare]]: Hamlet's reference to Claudius as a "king of shreds and patches" is borrowed:
11th Jan '16 12:35:32 PM megarotic
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* KingIncognito: Nanki-Poo.

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* KingIncognito: Nanki-Poo.Prince Nanki-Poo disguises himself as a minstrel to escape the advances of Lady Katisha, a much older woman who wants his hand in marriage.



* RebelPrince: Nanki-Poo, who rejects life at the royal court in favor of wandering around disguised as a minstrel.



-->"Nanki-poo? Nanki-poo? Wherefore art thou Nanki-poo?"

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-->"Nanki-poo? Nanki-poo? -->"Nanki-Poo? Nanki-Poo? Wherefore art thou Nanki-poo?"
3rd Jan '16 5:47:28 PM GameFan
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** Even the name of the play is sort of an example of this. The word [i]mikado[/i] is presented as meaning [i]emperor[/i]. In fact it means the general authority of the Emperor, a bit like how the British civil government is referred to as "Downing Street". It is not a title given to a person.

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** Even the name of the play is sort of an example of this. The word [i]mikado[/i] ''mikado'' is presented as meaning [i]emperor[/i]."emperor". In fact it means the general authority of the Emperor, a bit like how the British civil government is referred to as "Downing Street". It is not a title given to a person.



** Another direction is to make the characters excessively [i]British[/i] as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.

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** Another direction is to make the characters excessively [i]British[/i] ''British'' (huge sideburns, thick accents) as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.
3rd Jan '16 5:46:36 PM GameFan
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** Even the name of the play is sort of an example of this. The word [i]mikado[/i] is presented as meaning [i]emperor[/i]. In fact it means the general authority of the Emperor, a bit like how the British civil government is referred to as "Downing Street". It is not a title given to a person.
3rd Jan '16 5:38:53 PM GameFan
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* {{Yellowface}}: Since the show was written for English people to play Japanese characters, this has commonly occurred in many productions. It's becoming [[ValuesDissonance more frowned upon today]], with directors choosing more natural makeup or casting decisions.

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* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the originally intended joke is the performers being in yellowface. At the time there was a huge craze for Japan culture in Britain so having the characters be Japanese was a bit of satire. Since the show was written for English people to play Japanese characters, this has commonly occurred in many productions. It's becoming joke is no longer relevant and yellowface [[ValuesDissonance more frowned upon today]], with much less acceptable]] directors choosing more natural have chosen to go in different directions.
** One technique is to eschew
makeup or casting decisions.entirely and simply have them dressed is Japanese characters.
** Another direction is to make the characters excessively [i]British[/i] as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.
2nd Dec '15 2:30:57 PM SchrodingersDuck
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Satirising British society was tricky when (just as happens today) anything seriously cutting raised public controversy (''Theatre/TheSorcerer'' got a lot of complaints for mocking the church even mildly). Gilbert got around that by setting the story at least notionally in Japan. It just happens to be a Japan with a British political system, British nobility and a very British sense of etiquette...
23rd Nov '15 9:48:56 AM Morgenthaler
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One of the most famous, if not ''the most-famous'' work by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, '''''The Mikado, or, the Town of Titipu''''' opened in 1885. The story of its conception was dramatized in the 1999 film ''TopsyTurvy''.

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One of the most famous, if not ''the most-famous'' work by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, '''''The Mikado, or, the Town of Titipu''''' opened in 1885. The story of its conception was dramatized in the 1999 film ''TopsyTurvy''.
''Film/TopsyTurvy''.
13th Nov '15 6:11:23 AM Jeduthun
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** It's somewhat expected to couple this with some SelfDeprecation, as when one production added to the list "All people who write different words to Mr. Gilbert's songs..."

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** It's somewhat expected to couple this with some SelfDeprecation, as when one production added to the list "All "[[HypocriticalHumor All people who write different words to Mr. Gilbert's songs...songs]]..."


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* MetaphoricallyTrue: This resolves the conflict at the end (with a heaping accompaniment of InsaneTrollLogic) when the characters are able to convince the Mikado that, since his word is law, anyone who the Mikado says should be executed is "as good as dead," never mind that they're still alive.


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* TranslationYes: In the children's book version of the story adapted by Gilbert, he explains that Yum-Yum's name supposedly translates as, "The full moon of delight which sheds her remarkable beams over a sea of infinite loveliness, thus indicating a glittering path by which she may be approached by those who are willing to brave the perils which necessarily await the daring adventurers who seek to reach her by those means." He goes on to explain that the Japanese language is remarkably compact.
4th Nov '15 3:39:59 PM Jeduthun
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* AllThereInTheScript: Peep-Bo, the third of the "three little maids from school"; and Pish-Tush, who is not so much a character as a singing part.

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* AllThereInTheScript: AllThereInTheScript:
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Peep-Bo, the third of the "three little maids from school"; and Pish-Tush, who is not so much a character as a singing part.



* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: It should go without saying that basically none of the characters have actual Japanese names.



* EvilSoundsDeep: The Mikado and Katisha.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: EvilSoundsDeep:
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The Mikado and Katisha.Katisha are a bass and a contralto, respectively.



* EvolvingMusic: The titular list from [[ListSong "I've Got A Little List"]] usually has the words updated to poke fun at current topical references, unless the director is a major traditionalist. Gilbert himself sanctioned some of this rewriting when he realized that "the lady novelist" on Ko-Ko's list wouldn't always be seen as "[[MostWritersAreMale a singular anomaly]]" and let singers suggest their own alternatives. The most popular replacement? "[[NatureAbhorsAVirgin The girl who's not been kissed]]"! The prohibitionist is also a popular substitution.

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* EvolvingMusic: EvolvingMusic:
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The titular list from [[ListSong "I've Got A Little List"]] usually often has the words updated to poke fun at current topical references, unless the director is a major traditionalist. Gilbert himself sanctioned some of this rewriting when he realized that "the lady novelist" on Ko-Ko's list wouldn't always be seen as "[[MostWritersAreMale a singular anomaly]]" and let singers suggest their own alternatives. The most popular replacement? "[[NatureAbhorsAVirgin The girl who's not been never kissed]]"! The prohibitionist is also a popular substitution.substitution.
** It's somewhat expected to couple this with some SelfDeprecation, as when one production added to the list "All people who write different words to Mr. Gilbert's songs..."



* HollywoodMedievalJapan: Kind of. Nothing in the script, except the title, bears any real resemblance to actual historical Japan. However costumes and decor was inspired by popular interest in Japanese art, but [[WordOfGod Word of Gilbert]] explains that it's a pretext for satire that's actually directed toward contemporary English institutions.

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* HollywoodMedievalJapan: Kind of. Nothing in the script, except the title, bears any real resemblance to actual historical Japan. However costumes and decor was were inspired by popular interest in Japanese art, but [[WordOfGod Word of Gilbert]] explains that it's a pretext for satire that's actually directed toward contemporary English institutions.



* InherentlyFunnyWords: The names, some of which seem to combine this with GettingCrapPastTheRadar.

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* InherentlyFunnyWords: The InherentlyFunnyWords:
** Just about all of the
names, some of which seem to combine this with GettingCrapPastTheRadar.



* TheLongList: When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[labelnote:*]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/labelnote]]

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* TheLongList: TheLongList:
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When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[labelnote:*]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/labelnote]]



* NightmareFetishist: Katisha sings a whole song about how awesome thunderstorms, tigers, earthquakes, and volcanos are.

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* NightmareFetishist: NightmareFetishist:
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Katisha sings a whole song about how awesome thunderstorms, tigers, earthquakes, and volcanos are.



* PatterSong: "I've got a little list."

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* PatterSong: PatterSong:
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"I've got a little list."



* SpurnedIntoSuicide: The title bird in "Tit-Willow." Ko-Ko hints to [[spoiler: Katisha]] that he may do the same if she rejects him.

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* SpurnedIntoSuicide: SpurnedIntoSuicide:
** Nanki-Poo prepares to off himself when he believes he will not be allowed to marry Yum-Yum. This gives Ko-Ko the idea for his deal.
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The title bird in "Tit-Willow." Ko-Ko hints sings the song to hint to [[spoiler: Katisha]] that he may do the same if she rejects him.
4th Oct '15 2:54:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Being "Lord High Everything Else" creates some internal conflicts for Pooh-Bah:
--> '''Pooh-Bah:''' "Of course, as First Lord of the Treasury, I could propose a special vote that would cover all expenses, if it were not that, as Leader of the Opposition, it would be my duty to resist it, tooth and nail. Or, as Paymaster General, I could so cook the accounts that, as Lord High Auditor, I should never discover the fraud. But then, as Archbishop of Titipu, it would be my duty to denounce my dishonesty and give myself into my own custody as First Commissioner of Police."
** The solution? ''All'' of these officials need to be paid off with [[EveryManHasHisPrice very considerable bribes]].
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